Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015.

The numbers for Wednesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (000s)
8 p.m. CMA Awards (ABC) – S (8-11 p.m.) 3.8/12 13.58
Survivor (CBS) 2.0/7 8.69
Rosewood (FOX) 1.5/5 5.06
The Mysteries of Laura (NBC) 1.2/4 7.04
Arrow (The CW) 1.0/3 2.57


9 p.m. Empire (FOX) 4.6/14 11.56
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 1.5/4 6.49
Criminal Minds (CBS) 1.4/4 7.69
Supernatural (The CW) 0.6/2 1.64


10 p.m. Chicago PD (NBC) 1.4/5 6.45
Code Black (CBS) 1.2/4 6.44


The CMA Awards fell a decent amount from their ratings last year, losing 0.7 in adults 18-49 (3.8 vs. 4.5) and about 2.3 million viewers. ABC still led the night in adults 18-49, but it was an off year for the awards.

Other shows suffered declines as well. FOX’s “Empire” returned from its brief World Series hiatus to a 4.6, down two tenths from its most recent episode. “Criminal Minds” (1.4) hit another series low on CBS, and “Supernatural” (0.6) dipped again after rebounding some last week.

On the plus(-ish) side, “Arrow” is currently up a tenth vs. last week, and “Law & Order: SVU” held steady with its most recent outing. “The Mysteries of Laura” (1.2) matched its season high.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 3.8/12 3.0/9 1.6/5 1.4/4  0.8/3
Total Viewers (000s) 13.58 8.31 7.60 6.66  2.11


Late-night metered market results (adults 18-49, households):

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.9/5, 2.7/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.7/3, 2.3/6

“Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.3/2, 1.9/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.5/4, 1.4/5

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.4/5

“Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/1, 0.9/3

: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.-Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live baseball game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.-
Share (of Audience): 
The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)
Time Shifted Viewing 
– Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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